Learning Communities

NWTC’s model of learning communities, called “Learning in Community” or “LinC,” launched in Fall 2014 with a small pilot of three paired class offerings - English Composition 1 paired with either Intro to Diversity Studies or Intro to Psychology and College Mathematics paired with Diesel Electronics.  Evidence of the potential for a positive impact was observed in this initial pilot.  We observed an increase in course success rate in College Mathematics in the Diesel Technology cohort to 95% from 38% in the previous year, and 80% of survey respondents reported that the LinC experience was positive enough to make it more likely for them to persist in college.  Focus groups indicated great satisfaction with the LinC delivery, with students highlighting enhanced collaboration between classmates and deeper learning as benefits. 

In Fall 2015, LinC offerings expanded to include developmental reading and writing courses, specifically paired with the College 101 course.  Additionally, internal LinC training launched in November 2015, which was a critical step toward sustainability as the LinC model looks to move to scale.  In Fall 2016, 10 course pairings are tentatively scheduled to run, with a focus on pairing gateway general education courses with occupational courses to increase program persistence.

ID 15558

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